While Special Counsel Robert Mueller and numerous Congressional committees investigate whether or not Donald Trump and members of his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, we now learn that Jill Stein of the Green Party may also have had illegal contacts with the Kremlin.
According to The Washington Post:
“Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters Monday that the Senate Intelligence Committee has ‘two other campaigns that we’re just starting on,’ in addition to the panel’s ongoing probe of alleged ties between the Trump administration and Kremlin officials. One of those he identified as Stein’s; Burr has indicated previously that the committee is also looking into reports that the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign paid for research that went into a dossier detailing allegations of Donald Trump’s 2013 exploits in Moscow.”
In 2015 Stein was a guest a dinner held in Moscow which was also attended by disgraced Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Both Stein and Flynn were photographed sitting at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Stein released a statement Monday evening in which she defended the integrity of her campaign and actions while in Russia:
“Our communications with Russian individuals regarding an invitation to speak on international relations at the RT 10th anniversary media conference will confirm what we stated publicly at that time and since: that we did not accept any payment or even reimbursement for the trip.”
What Stein neglected to address, however, is why she felt a need to attend an anniversary celebration for the official propaganda network of the Russian government. RT is little more than an extension of the Putin regime and is known to traffic in misinformation and lies designed to paint the government in a positive light.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators have not yet revealed whether or not Stein and the Green Party will be part of their probe into the 2016 election.
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